The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has now vowed to sort out judicial officers perceived to be enemies of the PF regime.
Following the censure by a Mongu magistrate and expose that the DEC is in the habit of planting drugs and pornographic material on innocent citizens, the DEC vowed to ‘draw first blood’.
Just after reading that article on your website this morning, the director convened an emergency meeting with her top confidants to see how to deal with that matter,’ sources told the Watchdog.
In the meeting, the director General Alita Mbawhe told her confidants that she will compile a list of troublesome magistrates and judges and give the list to president Michael Sata for action.
According to one of the confidants who attended the meeting, Ms Mbawhe complained that some judges and magistrates are frustrating the work of the DEC to protect the government. She said that she received phone calls from state house asking her to explain what was going.
According to information leaked to the Watchdog, the DEC boss was more upset that the tricks of planting drugs and porn on innocent people has been exposed and more so by a judicial officer not a politician or NGO.
Mbawhe therefore promised that the Mongu based magistrate who criticised DEC will be on the top of the list that will be submitted to Sata.
DEC is also not happy that other people they tried to frame like Charles Mushitu, the former Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) General Secretary and Human rights activist Brebner Changala were acquitted.
Magistraate Chikoko Liyungu on Tuesday Nov 26, 201 acquitted a man who was facing charges of possessing obscene material on his computer.
Mwiya Kwalombota, a teacher at Kambole High School, was arrested by the DEC and charged with possessing obscene material tending to corrupt public morals – pornography.
But when the matter came for judgment, Magistrate Liyungu said Kwalombota was innocent but was just framed by the DEC.
She criticized DEC for framing innocent citizens and told the open court that DEC has lost all credibility.